By Paul J Balles
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, February 15, 2011
Paul J. Balles looks at how key opinion
formers in the United States, from the media to politicians, are
brainwashing the public into anti-Muslim hysteria by labelling as “Muslim or
Islamic extremists” anyone who refuses to cow-tow to Israel, America or
At least seven times today [12 February]
I heard TV newscasters refer to Muslim or Islamic extremists.
The amount and level of this kind of
fraudulent suggestiveness has been increasing almost daily.
I call it fraudulent because people hearing
this mix of Muslim with extremist repeated often enough become brainwashed
into thinking that all Muslims are extremists.
The reference to Islamic extremists is
frequently made on Fox News by Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.
hearing this mix of Muslim with extremist repeated often
enough become brainwashed into thinking that all Muslims are
headline on MMTV asserts that "O'Reilly supports Rep. King's Islamic
Extremism Hearings: 'you've got to get a handle on it’”. The language of
Islamic extremist has infected the US congress.
years, since he was on CNN, Glenn Beck has made wild false claims, like,
"Islamic extremism is the biggest threat to our way of life since World War
II and we'll never be able to fight it – if we can't see it".
Now, as chief Fox propagandist, Glenn
Beck has the American left wing collaborating with his paranoid vision:
“Believe what you want but the left is working hand-in-hand with the Muslim
Brotherhood and Muslim extremists... Hand-in-hand"...
Sean Hannity isn't much better, saying things like, "It seems to me that
Islamic extremism is the 21st century threat that (communism) posed in the
Similar Islamophobic references have been heard on
CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and other networks in the USA.
Even reporters on the liberal MSNBC have been guilty of falsely
connecting Islam and extremism.
The Associated Press says: "A Senate report on the Fort Hood shooting is
sharply critical of the FBI's failure to recognize warning signs that an
army psychiatrist had become an Islamist extremist..."
“The media only
seems interested in making the religious connection when the
mad murderer also happens to be a Muslim.”
lunatics who commit wanton killings need to be identified according to their
so why weren't the killers at Columbine and in Arizona recently referred to
as Christian extremists?
That is if indeed they were Christians.
The media only seems interested in making the religious connection when the
mad murderer also happens to be a Muslim.
A Senate committee, headed by Joe
Lieberman, asserted that "The enemy – Islamist extremists – must be labelled
correctly and explicitly ... in order for the military to counter the
Recently, while commenting on the protesters in
Egypt, several reporters referred to the Muslim Brotherhood as extremists.
Professor Sami Hamod says that the Muslim
Brotherhood originated as a tool of America. How can they be extremists?
It seems that members of groups opposed
to US interference in the Middle East get labelled Islamic extremists.
trying to protect their property have been dubbed Muslim
extremists, even when they're Christians.”
Palestinians trying to protect their property have been dubbed Muslim
extremists, even when they're Christians.
According to Western broadcasters, all members of Hamas and Hezbollah
automatically qualify as Islamic extremists.
The entire population of Iran seems to have qualified as Islamic
extremists because Iran refuses to cow-tow to Israel and America.
Syria and Lebanon, despite non-Muslim populations, have been dubbed Islamist
extremists because they have failed to sign peace treaties with Israel.
So-called Islamic extremists have forced the king of Jordan to fire his
Yemen, they provided the impetus for Ali Abdullah Saleh to announce that he
won't run for re-election. Both instances were obviously meant to stave off
Despite the fact that Hosni Mubarak and
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the departed president of Tunisia, were both
dictators hated by their publics, the rebellions have been referred to as
the work of Islamic terrorists.
Recently Tony Blair warned the West that it
must abandon its "wretched posture of apology" towards Islamic extremism.
Newscasters, reporters, commentators,
politicians and leaders, infected with religious bigotry, need urgent